My Pumkin-Walnuts Dessert

An easy recipe for a delicious and  humble dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin
  • ½ cup walnuts, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

 

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How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176 C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

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My Pumpkin-Walnuts Dessert

Ingredients

1 pumpkin

½ cup walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1tbsp unsalted butter

How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

 

Mutekke Cookies

Mutekke cookie is a traditional Azerbaijani cookie. Mutekke which is called bolster in English language is a long and narrow pillow filled with cotton or feather. By the way I have attached some photos of Mutekke in following photos.

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So name of this cookie come from their shape which resembles a traditional tube-shaped pillow which in old times of Iran, we used to use it as a pillow or back and arm support but nowadays, you can find them in small towns or villages.

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IMG_20180913_152655.jpgBasically, Mutekke cookie is rolled up pastry filled with nuts such as walnuts, almond, hazelnuts, pistachio or mixture of all but typically with walnuts and also fragrant spices. This cookie has a very straightforward recipe and super easy to make it. Usually baking Mutekke  in the celebration of new year ( Nowruz) is popular. The good point about this cookie is there is no sugar in the pastry and for adding sweetness to the cookie you add sugar or apricot or other fruit preserves as stuffing .

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

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Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

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How to make it??

Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.

Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.

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Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board.

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I show two methods of cutting the dough:

  • 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
  • 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.

Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).

Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top. Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.

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No bake cookies with smarties

These cookies require just simple ingredients. You do not need an oven to make them. I made these cookies with smarties but you can substitute smarites for dried fruits or chocolate chips. They are super easy to make.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup smartise
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tnbsp milk
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

First of all line a tray with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar and the butter into a saucepan set over medium heat and melt together.

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Add vanilla or orange extract and milk to the melted mixture and stir together until mixture combine together.

Place oat flour in a bowl and sprinkle with the smarties Now add wet mixture and salt into the oat four. Stir with a spoon or with your hand until combine very well.

Using an ice cream/cookie scoop or just simply take small portion of dough and roll into a ball and place on the baking tray. Gently press down the dough. Once all cookies dough are done, place them in the fridge for an hour until to set.

 

Store them in the fridge for several days.

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No bake cookies with smarties

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup smartise
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tnbsp milk
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

First of all line a tray with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar and the butter into a saucepan set over medium heat and melt together. Add vanilla or orange extract and milk to the melted mixture and stir together until mixture combine together.

Place oat flour in a bowl and sprinkle with the smarties Now add wet mixture and salt into the oat four. Stir with a spoon or with your hand until combine very well.

Using an ice cream/cookie scoop or just simply take small portion of dough and roll into a ball and place on the baking tray. Gently press down the dough. Once all cookies dough are done, place them in the fridge for an hour until to set.

Store them in the fridge for several days.

No bake cookies with peanut butter

Sometimes no bake desserts will come handy in Summer season and warm weather. No need to heat up your kitchen by using the oven or gas stove.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup dark or white chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it?

line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside. Add Peanut butter and honey to a pan and melt together. Whisk until combine well.

Add peanut mixture, vanilla extract and salt to the oat flour. Combine all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

Using a medium ice cream scoop or 2 tbs of the dough into your hand and roll it into a ball and drop onto parchment lined plate. Gently press the dough to make a flat cookie.

Once all cookies are done, place the plate in the fridge for an hour until cookies to set.

Meanwhile, melt the white or dark chocolate . After an hour, dip each of cookies in the melted chocolate and return them in the fridge and let stand until firm. 

 Store tightly covered for a week..

 

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No bake cookies with peanut butter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup dark or white chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

How to make it

line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside. Add Peanut butter and honey to a pan and melt together. Whisk until combine well. Add peanut mixture, vanilla extract and salt to the oat flour. Combine all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

Using a medium ice cream scoop or 2 tbs of the dough into your hand and roll it into a ball and drop onto parchment lined plate. Gently press the dough to make a flat cookie.

Once all cookies are done, place the plate in the fridge for an hour until cookies to set.

Meanwhile, melt the white or dark chocolate . After an hour, dip each of cookies in the melted chocolate and return them in the fridge and let stand until firm. Store tightly covered for a week..

Peach cookies

These tempting, pretty peach shape cookies are just beauties and suitable for any occasion, for 4 seasons, and resemble to the real peaches.

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Ingredients

  • 210g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 55g plain yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/3 cup Nutella or
  • 1/3 peach jam

Ingredients for colouring

  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • Yellow and red food colouring
  • Two small bowls with water

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How to make

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Place egg yolks,vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and beat until creamy. Mix the flour with baking powder and sift it.

Add butter to the flour and combine and add it to the batter. Knead it for 3-4 minutes until all comes together and non stick to your hand.

Divide the pastry into small amount (about 15g). Take one the dough and roll it into ball. Continue rolling all of the batter into balls. Place them on the tray. Put your finger on each ball and and gently press down each ball.

Bake them for 15 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Now, use a sharp knife and core out the centre of cookie from the bottom of each cookie and remove the cookie centre( as you see in the photos).

Break up cookies pieces and mix them with nutella or peach jam. Carefully fill cavity of each cookie and place tow cookies together.

Mix few drops of red colour in one bowl and few drops of yellow colour in other bowl. Dip cookie in yellow/red food colouring and roll them in the sugar. Allow the cookies to set and serve it.

 

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Tiramisu truffles

A delicious Italian dessert with creamy texture, wonderful flavour and simple to make it.

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Ingredients

  • 140g lady fingers biscuits
  • 1 tsp Nescafe or espresso
  • 3tbsp = 30 ml boiling water
  • 1 cup Mascarpone or soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup= 50g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • Cocoa powdered

 

How to make it

Add boiling water to Nescafe, mix it and set aside to cool. In a bowl, add Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and Vanilla. Combine until smooth then add cold coffee and mix together.

 

Using a blender and process process lady fingers biscuits until powdered. Combine it with cheese mixture.

Freeze it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shape the tiramisu mixture by two methods: In first option you can just shape it like small balls and then roll it in the cocoa powder.

 

In second method you can flatten the paste and fill it with Nutella and shape it into ball. Both are delicious. I made both of them 🙂

Once all tiramisu truffles are ready, fridge them for half an hour and then serve them.

 

 

 

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Tiramisu truffles

 

Ingredients

  • 140g lady fingers biscuits
  • 1 tsp Nescafe or espresso
  • 3tbsp = 30 ml boiling water
  • 1 cup Mascarpone or soft cheese
  • 1/3 cup= 50g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • Cocoa powdered

How to make it

Add boiling water to Nescafe, mix it and set aside to cool.

In a bowl, add Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and Vanilla. Combine until smooth then add cold coffee and mix together.

Using a blender and process process lady fingers biscuits until powdered. Combine it with cheese mixture.

Freeze it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you can shape the tiramisu mixture by two methods: In first option you can just shape it like small balls and then roll it in the cocoa powder.

In second method you can flatten the paste and fill it with Nutella and shape it into ball. Both are delicious. I made both of them 🙂

Once all tiramisu truffles are ready, fridge them for half an hour and then serve them.

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No bake watermelon cake

I was at a party and our host served watermelon cake but not a regular cake with flour, baking powder, eggs, milk,…. It was simply fresh watermelon with an amazing arrangement. I just loved it. It was soooo refreshing, no baked, healthy and fruity.

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I have never seen and heard about this cake. It is very simple and easy to prepare . For decoration and topping the cake, there are so many different options.

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I used strawberries, grapes, flake almonds , flake chocolates and shaved coconuts but you can use other fruits and nuts so it’s your choice.

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Ingredients

  • one watermelon

  • 500ml whipped cream

  • 2 tbps white sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 lemon zest

  • Nuts and fruits for decoration

  • Shredded coconuts

  • Food colouring

 

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How to make it

Taking off top and bottom of the watermelon. Slice off the rind. Then cut white parts on the watermelon and set aside.

Put cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and beat it until firm. You can use white cream but I added some food colours to the cream.

Now it is time for fun part. Put the cream on the watermelon and cover it.

Add some fruits at the bottom of the cake. Decorate top of the cake with chocolate and fruits. For the sides of the cake I used shredded coconuts . That’s it. Done 🙂

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No bake watermelon cake

Ingredients

  • one watermelon

  • 500ml whipped cream

  • 2 tbps white sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 lemon zest

  • Nuts and fruits for decoration

  • Shredded coconuts

  • Food colouring

 

How to make it

Taking off top and bottom of the watermelon. Slice off the rind. Then cut white parts on the watermelon and set aside.

Put cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl and beat it until firm. You can use white cream but I added some food colours to the cream.

Now it is time for fun part. Put the cream on the watermelon and cover it.

Add some fruits at the bottom of the cake. Decorate top of the cake with chocolate and fruits. For the sides of the cake I used shredded coconuts.

That’s it. Done 🙂

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Fruity Chocolate Bars

A very easy , beautiful and delicious snack and dessert that everyone would love it.

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The wonderful thing abut this chocolate bar recipe is that you just need chocolate bars ( dark milk or white) , dried fruits such as orange, kiwi, apple, apricot, dates….. and nuts such as walnuts, almond, pistachio, hazelnut, peanuts, cashew or seeds…. Or even biscuits.

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate : dark, white
  • Dried fruits

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Instructions

Chop t chocolate. Melt the chocolate over the hot water bath (Bain-marie) or in the microwave.

Line baking tray with parchment paper. Pour melted chocolate onto the tray,

Then scatter dried fruits on the melted chocolate. Place chocolate trays in the fridge to set and harden for 2 hours. Once the chocolate is completely dried, you will see that is very easy to remove the baking paper.

Now, it is the fun time, break and crack the big chocolate bar into smaller pieces and bits. , you can cut them into different sizes and keep them in a jar or box in a cold place for several days.

 

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Fruity Chocolate

Instructions

Chop the chocolate. Melt the chocolate over the hot water bath ( bain marie) or in the microwave.

Line baking tray with parchment paper. Pour melted chocolate onto the tray,

Then scatter dried fruits on the melted chocolate. Place chocolate trays in the fridge to set and harden for 2 hours. Once the chocolate is completely dried, you will see that is very easy to remove the baking paper. Now, it is the fun time, break and crack the big chocolate bar into smaller pieces and bits. , you can cut them into different sizes and keep them in a jar or box in a cold place for several days.

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Chocolate Covered Date Pops

I like call these beauties golden and sliver dates. They are healthy and good source of fibre and vitamins.

Persian dates are called ‘ Khorma  ; in Farsi, however other words such as Nakhl and Rotab  are used too. Dates are grown and cultivated in South and East of Iran. From a historical point of view, it is estimated that the date palm was cultivated in Iran about the 3rd millennium BC . Archaeological evidence shows that there were signs of date trees in stamps from the Elamites period.

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Iran is one of the most important producers of dates in the world and more than 400 types of dates are known in Iran.

Some dates are soft, dark and fleshy with high moisture and wet. Some are semi dried

The colour of dates varies from light brown to dark brown. Dates have different shapes, some are long and slender, some are round shape.

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The Mazafati مضافتی fresh dates are one of the most famous and best tasting dates in Iran. Other type of very good quality Iranian date that are soft, slender and super tasty is called Piarom پیارم . The surface skin of piarom is very thin and clings to the date flesh.

In Iranian cuisine we use dates as an ingredient in main meals or stew, such as date-pilaf, egg-date for making snacks and desserts such as cookies, date pastry and cakes. Recipes to use dates are beyond the imagination. They are excellent to eat as they are . Dates contain good fibre and sugar.

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Ingredients

  • Dates
  • white chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Some nuts such as walnuts, peanuts butter, almond or pistachio
  • lollipop sticks
  • Edible golden/silver luster dust
  • Desiccated coconut

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Instructions

remove the pit from date. Stuff it with nuts. Take one of the lollipops stick and insert into the date up to top of the date. Use your fingers and tightly close the date.

Melt white and dark chocolate separately. Dip the date into the melted chocolate until fully covered. Continue doing same process with reaming dates. Set them in a stand and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes until set completely and at the end spray golden or silver luster dust on dates and make them double lovely. You might be cover dates with coconut.

 

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Chocolate covered date pops

 

Ingredients

  • Dates
  • white chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Some nuts such as walnuts, peanuts butter, almond or pistachio
  • lollipop sticks
  • Edible golden/silver luster dust
  • Desiccated coconut

 

Instructions

remove the pit from date. Stuff it with nuts. Take one of the lollipops stick and insert into the date up to top of the date. Use your fingers and tightly close the date.

Melt white and dark chocolate separately. Dip the date into the melted chocolate until fully covered. Continue doing same process with reaming dates. Set them in a stand and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes until set completely and at the end spray golden or silver luster dust on dates and make them double lovely. You might be cover dates with coconut

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No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bites

For summer time with warm weather, nothing is better than summery desserts. I love all kinds of cheese cake, so decided to make cheese cake bites.

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These cake bites are very creamy and delicious. It is very simple and it’s preparing is much easier than regular cheese cake. I used raspberries but you can choose your favourite fruit such as strawberries, blackberries, ….

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Ingredients

  • 140 g digestive biscuits
  • 300 g cream cheese, softened
  • 240 g double cream
  • 40 g powdered sugar
  • 80 g fresh raspberries

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Method

In a large bowl mix cream cheese with powdered sugar and raspberries and set aside. Whip  cream until stiff peaks form. Add it to the cream cheese mixture and combine well and freeze it for 3 hours.

 

Meanwhile, put the biscuits into a strong, plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Or do it by a food processor.

Take one ice cream spoon of cheese mixture and roll into biscuits crumbs. Freeze for 2 hours and then serve it.

 

 

 

 

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No bake Raspberry cheesecake bites

For summer time with warm weather, nothing is better than summery desserts. I love all kinds of cheese cake, so decided to make cheese cake bites. These cake bites are very creamy and delicious. It is very simple and it’s preparing is much easier than regular cheese cake. I used raspberries but you can choose your favourite fruit such as strawberries, blackberries, ….

Ingredients

  • 140g digestive biscuits
  • 300g cream cheese, softened
  • 240g double cream
  • 40g powdered sugar
  • 80g fresh raspberries

Method

In a large bowl mix cream cheese with powdered sugar and raspberries and set aside. Whip until stiff peaks form. Add it to the cream cheese mixture and combine well and freeze it for 3 hours.

Meanwhile, put the biscuits into a strong, plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Or do it by a food processor.

Take one ice cream spoon of cheese mixture and roll into biscuits crumbs. Freeze for 2 hours and then serve it.

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